Re: Anti-intellectual America
Yes.The problem is based in our culture’s perception of the purpose of education. Since the beginning of the cold war our educational goals have been directed towards turning out citizens capable of creating technology that would safeguard our democracy, and the economic value of that focus followed. The meaning of education has become increasingly vocational. Students see no value in education beyond the steps necessary to get a job. Our current focus on accountability through test grades just exacerbates the problem. Memorization of disconnected facts, accessed as a percentage of correct answers to possible answers tends to serve politicians and manufacturers. Lack of innovation and complex social and political thought and problem solving have been the result. Preserving the democracy requires more than weaponry. Realign our values in education towards creativity, interpretation, and complex problem solving in both social/political and technological areas. Teach the kids to think.